Roger Callen has been seeking out the ‘haimakura’ places of southern Queensland. Haimakura is a Japanese word for inspiring and spiritual places in the natural landscape. Callen portrays these mainly in watercolours on paper and is exhibiting 20 works from 1 to 24 November 2019 at the Old Ambulance Station Gallery in Nambour.
The exhibition will be opened by well-known Maleny artist Peter Hudson on Friday 1 November at 6pm.
Meet Roger in an informal setting at the Long Table Dinner a regular event at the ‘Old Ambo’ gallery, from 6 to 8pm on 16 November.
Roger paints mainly plein-‘air usually finishing in the studio with the help of sketches and photos, where he may add collage elements. Landscape has fascinated him all his life, having worked as a geologist in South Australia and overseas – he has been exploring landscape fundamentals through art for the last 7 years, having had a longstanding interest in drawing. His concern is the alienation of our technological society from the natural world, without which we would not survive.
Roger has been a finalist in the University of Queensland-based Contemporary Art Awards three times and is also a published poet and science writer. He has resided for 22 years in the Glass House Mountains district with his wife Rosy.